The new HTC Sense interface: what's so new about it?
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The new HTC Sense interface
1. The new HTC Sense
The fifth iteration of Sense UI by HTC has been thoroughly overhauled. Tailored with simplicity in mind, it comes with redesigned graphics and icons, which together create its new modern look. It is layered on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, with an update to Android 4.2 coming in the near future.
2. HTC BlinkFeed
HTC describes BlinkFeed as a personal live stream available right at your fingertips. Think of it as an aggregated feed of news and updates displayed on the smartphone's home screen for quick and easy access. It puts under one roof the content from social networks the user is signed in - Facebook, Twitter and the likes, together with news and articles from over 1,400 media sources. The feed updates every couple of hours if the device's data connection is active, and more frequently if Wi-Fi access is enabled.
3. HTC Zoe
HTC wants you to take something more than photos and videos. With Zoe - a new feature found on the new Sense version, users are given the power to capture moments. And it all happens seamlessly: 20 photos and a 3-second video are recorded as soon as the user presses the shutter. Then Zoe creates short highlight videos by blending together all that content with professional transitions and effects.
4. Camera features
There are various effects baked into the camera interface. The user will also be able to take 360-degree panoramic shots, as well as to edit objects within the frame. No more blinks and photobombs!
5. Camera features
Need to switch to the front-facing camera for an impromptu self-portrait? Just swipe on the screen and you're done! And speaking of cameras, the frontal snapper on the HTC One has a wide-angle lens, allowing others to fit comfortably in the frame.
1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
It looks very damn good. and better than the iOS in my opinion. my favorite part is the TV IV blast feature
21. lyndon420 (Posts: 1640; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Don't get live tiles confused with widgets. Anyone can draw a square, color it in with your kids crayons and call it a live tile.
14. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
Better than iOS, but not better than Jelly Bean. I'm a WP user and I think HTC's may even look more appealing than WP8.
18. AnTuTu (Posts: 599; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
It is a very good smartphone with all these features. Now have to wait for S IV and then I"ll pick one between these 2 :)
26. jsdechavez (Posts: 676; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
What's new about it? Its LiveTiles on Android.
5. SleepingOz (Posts: 2474; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
You can always use third party widgets for a more "Android-like" experience.
Most users will switch to Nova or Apex anyway.
10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
It's a lot more graphic than W8. I always wanted a home screen like that and the rest of the SW seems seamless too. Impressed!
3. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)
i do like the idea behind it. the only question is how will the refreshes affect battery drain?
and i read that the Original Sense clock is an option in the widget options.
before people complain they dont like it or looks like WP8... you can disable it.
12. pwnarena (Posts: 712; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
even live wallpapers kill a good amount of battery juice. what more with all these interactivity? they should offer an option to turn them off.
23. Baseballer (Posts: 126; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I read somewhere that they'll have that option to turn it off
28. LionStone (Posts: 434; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Whenever I have run live wallpapers on my HTC phones, it was always very minimal battery use.
4. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Thank you p0rkguy! I thought I was the only one seeing the modern UI
7. asianface (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 May 2011)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! HTC, dangerous move!! I have to say I won't be sick of looking at my phone if it looks like that, but I'm just not sure if the general public would like that
8. marchels14 (unregistered)
Everyone now is copying the tile thing of windows 8 cant someone think of something original.
24. Baseballer (Posts: 126; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Too bad thats only for that blink feed. The rest of the screens you custo iza with stuff you want..
11. pwnarena (Posts: 712; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
at least windows can now use the litigation route to make money.
15. najariner (Posts: 24; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
that new clock widget is ugly as hell, and this metro meets flipboard ui is really overdoing it. please bring back sense 4.1
16. rizevnarastek (Posts: 312; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
Actually it reminds me more of Currents then Flipboard or Windows live tiles ;)
17. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
I LIKE THE SONY UI , SIMPLE , CLASSY , GOOD GRAPHICS AND MORE OF GOOGLE STOCK :)
19. rsiders (Posts: 199; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
As a Windows Phone user I must say the tile Sense UI(tiles are still static unlike Windows Phone) really appeals to me. And you can still switch to a more traditional Android interface. If HTC actually delivers on the camera quality(the software is killer too) and Nokia announces yet another AT&T exclusive for their next flagship device this is absolutely my next phone. I won't have to unlock it for T-Mobile to enjoy it. Are you listening Nokia?
20. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
I hope previous devices will get new sense .
Just like GS2 and note just got Nature UX
Stuck on an older version of manufacturer skin is so not cool
22. heyhi (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
This is for you guys who dont like the UI...yeah the tile UI bla bla, WP bla bla bla, BUT, to not see the tiles, just slide it sideways, left or right, and thats it...it looks like an android UI again...i just one hands on video....the blink feed or tiles UI is just in one place, like a dedicated page for them...slide it right for example and you have the android UI again..simple as that...watch JON4LAKERS htc one hands on video on youtube and you'll see it. Just saw it.
25. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
totally ripped off of metro ui. At least, they got rid of this stupid weather widget.
27. shadez10 (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
The phone itself looks like an iphone,BB z10, xperia... And now the UI looks like metro from WP...
Out of ideas HTC?.. hahahahah...
30. jroc74 (Posts: 3977; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I would say its more of a Flipboard clone. IMO Flip Board is inspired by Live Tiles tho... so in a 6 degress of seperation type of thing...one could say this Blink Feed is Live Tile-ish.
That said....I dont want any static things on my home screen. If I have to get another launcher just to remove it...I might dont want that phone. At the same time...I use Nova Launcher now so it might not be that big a deal.
31. heyhi (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
man, didnt you read my post?? thats just in one place, one page that you scroll up and down...swipe your fingers to the left and you get a normal android UI again.